Your pet could actually make your workouts a little more challenging and way more fun

By Nicole Ganglani | Art by Saii Shah

Have you ever thought about working out with your dog? 

No, we don’t mean running with your pet outside but if that serves as a good cardio workout for you, then by all means go for it. Now we’re talking actual indoor workouts you can do with your pets. Your pet could actually make your workouts a little more challenging and, of course, fun. If you’re wondering what indoor strength and cardio workouts you can do with your little furball, here are a few to consider: 

 

Hide and seek squat

 

  1. Grab your pet’s favorite treat
  2. Stand in front of your dog with your feet wide apart or in squat position 
  3. Do squats while holding your dog’s favorite treat and pass the treat under your left leg from your right hand to your left—challenging your dog to find the treat
  4. Do 10 reps of this exercise for full body burn

 

Pup pushups

 

 

  1. Start in a modified pushup position
  2. While holding your dog’s toy on your right hand, slowly lower your body as you push up
  3. Once you press up, raise your right arm (holding the toy)  until your dog taps it
  4. Do this 10 times per right and left arm for a killer shoulder and ab workout

 

Chasing crunch

 

  1. Sit on a mat with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor and hip-width apart
  2. Start by holding your dog’s toy in front of them
  3. Hold your abs in and roll down on to your back while lifting your feet from the floor like a typical crunches workout. Make sure your dog chases its toy while you roll down
  4. Then return to sitting position while still holding your dog’s toy so it can chase after it
  5. Do this ten times for a total ab workout for you and cardio workout for your dog

 

Doggo Forward and Rear Lunges

 

  1. Hold your dog in a low position like a zercher squat. You can imagine your dog as replacement for weights here
  2. Slowly lounge by stepping forward or backward
  3. Make sure to keep your chest up and avoid your knees from touching the grand
  4. Do this 30 times per leg to strengthen your glutes, quadriceps, legs, and hamstrings

 

Burpees & Bounds

 

  1. Start in a standing position
  2. Throw your dog’s favorite toy as far as you can. While your pet’s chasing the toy, perform as many burpees as you can until it returns
  3. Do this for five times and challenge yourself to do as many burpees as you can to complete the full body workout